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Tacoma Arts Live & KBTC present

Reflections In The Shadow of Tahoma: Nettie J. Asberry

Nettie J. Asberry, believed to be the first Black woman to earn a Ph.D. in the U.S. (music), spent most of her long life in Hilltop. A passionate civil rights activist, she founded the first NAACP chapter west of the Mississippi River, fought for women and Black people’s right to vote among so much more. Her 1916 letter published in the Tacoma Ledger, protesting the showing in Tacoma of the racist film ‘The Birth of a Nation’, is an important document in Tacoma’s civil rights history.

In honor of Black History Month and this amazing woman, Tacoma Arts Live is proud to present this co-produced piece with KBTC highlighting her letter and work.

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